CCS hosted affiliated event at Global Climate Action Summit

CCS hosted affiliated event at Global Climate Action Summit

The Center for Climate Strategies hosted an affiliated event at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in September 2018.

This affiliate event featured leadership and lessons learned from the China Subnational LCD program over the past decade, followed by introduction of the new framework for engagement in Southeast Asia through discussion with high-level representatives from China, and other countries. CCS, GEI, CAS-ISD, and GIEC co-hosted and facilitated announcement of the new program and discussion of the format for BRI and CSSC cooperation and the process by which participating nations can further develop and implement their NDC’s and improve financing and other implementation capacities through this program.

China’s progress on subnational Low Carbon Development (LCD) capacity building and deployment played a central role in its commitments to reduce peak national emissions trajectories and join the US-China Bilateral and Paris COP21 agreements. It also has been key to implementation of integrated approaches for climate stabilization, including implementation of climate, energy, and economic goals expressed in China’s 12th and 13th Five Year Plans. A range of cooperation activities between the US and China were critical to this success, including shared actions inside and outside government at both the national and subnational levels.

This historic bilateral cooperation helped define new global paradigms for mutually strategic climate change action. The cooperation efforts between the US and China included a seminal, ten year program on US-China relations led by the US based Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) and the Beijing based Global Environmental Institute (GEI), with partners at the Guangdong Institute for Energy Conversion (GIEC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Sciences and Development (CAS-ISD). Together, these partners co-developed China’s subnational LCD program and paradigm along with related concepts, practices, capacities, exchange mechanisms, pilot tests, training and capacity building -- including the China Subnational LCD Planning and Analysis Toolkit, the US States-China Provinces Exchange Program, the Chongqing Pilot, and scale up implementation of LCD planning projects in 30 of China’s provinces and cities.

This bilateral cooperation evolved in recent years toward greater focus on LCD policy implementation in key sectors and regions in China to help establish and achieve stronger regional and national climate change goals, with particular focus on renewable energy implementation in South China. It also set the stage for a new era of multilateral cooperation outside China through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China South-South Cooperation (CSSC) on climate change. The expansion of cooperation on LCD to nations outside China through these strategic mechanisms presents a new historic opportunity for global change and a platform for the next generation of multilateral and bilateral cooperation on climate stabilization and Paris Agreement Implementation in a key region of the world.

To catalyze this transition, CCS, GEI, GIEC, and CAS-ISD will be working closely with the government of China and philanthropies to provide startup and long term technical support to five nations in Southeast Asia to foster enhanced LCD capacity building and deployment programs, with special focus on renewable energy implementation and financing. The foundational experiences of the US-China LCD cooperation platform provide important insights for this new program and opportunities for accelerated results. Current US-China cooperation partners can provide strategic guidance, capacity building, and technical assistance in a manner that also leverages the BRI and CSSC mechanisms as a part of this process.


Speaker's remarks by:

Presentation files:

Yi WANG: Low Carbon Development Targets Planning and Policy Evaluation in China

Tom Peterson: Low Carbon Development - US-China Cooperation in China and Beyond

Qingchan YU: China - US Cooperation on Promoting Renewable Energy through Belt & Road Initiatives

Cuiping LIAO: Renewable Energy Planning Cooperation in China and Guangzhou Huangpu Pilot Project